Australia’s long tour to Sri Lanka that saw the two teams locking horns across formats came to a conclusion with the hosts winning the second Test match at Galle. The Dimuth Karunaratne-led team put on an emphatic performance in the second match after being 0-1 down and beat Australia by an innings and 39 runs.
This historic win over the Aussies brought a smile to the Lankan cricket fans who are otherwise suffering a lot with the country facing one of the worst economic crises. In addition, the all-format series with Australia provided some aid to the dramatically dipping Lankan economy.
Now, as the long tour is over with both sides putting emphatic performances across three formats, Australian opening batter David Waner penned a heartfelt note for the cricket fans in the island country. The Aussie cricket thanked Sri Lanka for hosting them and also lauded them for being so brave amid a never-seen situation in the country.
Warner shared the Sri Lankan flag on his social media handle and wrote a big caption alongside the picture. “Thank you Sri Lanka for hosting us here during what is an extremely difficult time. We are so grateful to be able to come here and play the game we love and know you all love supporting,” wrote Warner.
“You have opened your arms up to us and we will never forget this trip. What I love about your amazing country is no matter the circumstances you always have a smile on your face and are always so welcoming. Thank you and I can’t wait to one day visit for a holiday with my family.”
Talking about the long tour, Australia played three T20Is, five ODIs, and two Tests over a period of more than a month. While the Aussies claimed the T20I series 2-1, they lost the ODI series 2-3 with Sri Lanka going bonkers in the 50-over format. The two-match Test series, however, ended in a draw with both teams winning a match each.